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About Jerold Rothkoff

Jerold E. Rothkoff, a practicing New Jersey and Pennsylvania attorney, is the Principal of the Rothkoff Law Group, an elder care law firm. Jerry dedicates his practice to serving clients in the areas of life care planning, long-term care planning, Medicaid & VA benefits, and advocacy for the elderly and disabled. He is past President of the NJ Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, former chair of the elder law section of the NJ State Bar Association, and past President of the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association. Jerry continues to be an outspoken advocate for the rights of the elderly and disabled. He writes for and gives presentations regularly to attorneys and other professionals about legal issues related to seniors and those with disabilities. Jerry’s community activities include the Twilight Wish Foundation, the Delaware Valley Stroke Council, the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as numerous other advocacy groups. When not in the office, Jerry spends time with his wife, Erica, and their five children, eighteen-year old identical twin girls, Liza and Julia, fifteen-year old fraternal twin boys, Evan and Gregory, and six-year old Aitan.

Expanded Skilled Nursing Facility Medicare Coverage During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly devastating for nursing homes and their residents. Aside from the tragically disproportionate loss of life, care for surviving residents has been delayed or interrupted due to infection, facility lockdowns or other health system disruptions. As a result, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has waived two limitations on Medicare Part A skilled nursing facility (SNF) coverage during the coronavirus pandemic: The 3-day qualifying hospital stay requirement; and The 100-day benefit period. However, CMS treats the two SNF coverage expansions differently from [...]

By |2021-04-06T13:17:22-04:00April 6th, 2021|Uncategorized|

The Struggle for a National Agenda on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia

I am into my third decade of being an elder care law attorney. Early on in my career, I realized the shortcomings of a traditional elder law practice focused exclusively on financial issues. Our clients and families needed a multi-disciplinary approach to aging and chronic care issues, which focused on helping families navigate the health care system. This is the reason we now have five geriatric social workers in our elder care law firm. In 1989, Dr. Margaret Noel, a geriatrician, founded the Center for Older Adults at Thoms [...]

By |2021-04-06T13:17:36-04:00April 6th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Expanded Skilled Nursing Facility Medicare Coverage During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly devastating for nursing homes and their residents. Aside from the tragically disproportionate loss of life, care for surviving residents has been delayed or interrupted due to infection, facility lockdowns, or other health system disruptions. As a result, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has waived two limitations on Medicare Part A skilled nursing facility (SNF) coverage during the coronavirus pandemic: The 3-day qualifying hospital stay requirement; and The 100-day benefit period.  However, CMS treats the two SNF coverage expansions differently from [...]

By |2021-03-23T14:38:01-04:00March 4th, 2021|Aging, Assisted Living, Blog, Elder Care, Medicaid, Medicare, Nursing Home|

Supernova: A Love Story for Valentine’s Day

Director Harry Macqueen’s sophomore film, Supernova (2020), joins the ranks of Away From Her (2007), The Savages (2007), and Still Alice (2015)—films that depict individuals with dementia struggling to maintain their independence and the mental toll the illness takes on not only the patient but also their kin. What makes Supernova distinct from its predecessors, however, is its focus on a gay couple. Tuskar (Stanley Tucci), a man living with early-onset dementia, and his husband, Sam (Colin Firth), struggle to navigate the uncertain terrain that accompanies caring for a loved one with dementia. While on a road trip to [...]

By |2021-02-11T14:18:05-05:00February 9th, 2021|Blog|

Effect of Stimulus Payments on Medicaid Eligibility

elder lawIn light of the recent $600 stimulus bill payments, as well as the potential for up to $1,400 more to be paid to all eligible individuals over the next few months, we wanted to update you regarding the effect of the stimulus payments on Medicaid eligibility.  Additionally, as well as an update on the long-term care communities’ responsibilities regarding the payments for residents. In May 2020, the NJ Division of Medical and Health Services (DMAHS) advised that an individual, including a nursing home resident, can make cash gifts [...]

By |2021-03-23T14:44:44-04:00January 29th, 2021|Assisted Living, Blog, Medicaid|

What Seniors Need to Know About the New Stimulus Package

The new $900 billion stimulus package was signed into law last week in order to address the continued health and economic fallout of the COVID pandemic. The relief measure includes a one-time $600 payment per eligible adult and child, but those $600 payments are not the only provision seniors should know about. The coronavirus relief package was included as a part of a $1.4 trillion omnibus spending bill, which also contained changes to key senior programs. Here are some of the legislation’s most important provisions for older Americans. $600 [...]

By |2021-03-23T14:44:06-04:00January 4th, 2021|Blog, Caregiver, Elder Care, Health Law|

Can Nursing Home Residents Leave the Facility for the Holiday

Can and should nursing home residents leave the facility for the holiday? If a resident decides to leave the facility for the holiday, CMS recommends certain actions when the resident returns. Consider this scenario: A client was in a local nursing home for a rehabilitation stay following a fall resulting in hospitalization. His spouse communicated that her husband wanted to come home for the day to spend Thanksgiving Day with his family, and would be devastated if he was unable to due so for health reasons. The nursing home [...]

By |2020-11-20T15:17:42-05:00November 20th, 2020|Nursing Home|

PA and NJ Long Term Care Visitation Guidelines

Let's take a moment to review the new PA and NJ Long Term Care Visitation Guidelines that have been established post COVID. It has been a very difficult eight plus months for both loved ones and residents of long-term care communities (LTC), referring to residents in assisted living, personal care homes and nursing homes). Social isolation has taken an extreme toll on the residents. During the past few months, many family members have taken advantage of outside visits with residents. However, as the weather turns colder and with the [...]

By |2020-11-04T09:10:40-05:00November 4th, 2020|Blog, Elder Care, Health Law, Law Update, Nursing Home|

New Jersey Law Protects Assisted Living Residents in a Community that is Closing

As many of you know, Five Star Senior Living has announced the closing of Cherry Hill Senior Living, an assisted living community in Cherry Hill, NJ.  In the unfortunate COVID-19 era, there may be more closures to come.  However, it is important to know New Jersey law, at least to an extent, protects current residents of AL communities that are closing, particularly those who are already on Medicaid or may shortly be transitioning to Medicaid. Pursuant to New Jersey law, “If a facility licensed to operate as an assisted [...]

By |2020-10-08T09:16:54-04:00October 8th, 2020|Assisted Living, Blog|

The Importance of Nursing Home Care Plan Meetings

As an elder care law firm, our emphasis is on health care advocacy via our five elder care coordinators. For those clients in a nursing home setting, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is vitally important to engage in health care advocacy since loved ones are unable to regularly visit or participate in person in care plan meetings. This article will discuss what is a care plan meeting and why it is so very important for families to participate in the care plan to be aware of their loved [...]

By |2020-09-16T16:20:54-04:00September 16th, 2020|Assisted Living, Blog, Caregiver, Elder Care, Family, Nursing Home, Uncategorized|

The Value of Gratitude

By Jerold E. Rothkoff Recently, my daughter, age 22, witnessed me writing thank you notes that I usually write on an average weekend. She innocently asked why I write the thank you notes. I have been handwriting thank you notes for over 15 years to clients, their caregiver loved ones, referral sources, and professional friends. I probably write between 8-12 thank you notes each week. I explained to my daughter the importance of showing gratitude. People value being thought of, and a handwritten thank you note shows their gesture [...]

By |2020-08-06T11:12:02-04:00August 6th, 2020|Article|

Does Medicare Pay for Nursing Home Care?

Many people are under the misperception that Medicare will pay for nursing home care. Medicare, the federally funded health insurance received upon attaining 65 years of age, will only pay for skilled nursing care under certain circumstances and then only for a limited period of time. When you have been discharged from a hospital stay of at least three days to a Medicare-approved skilled nursing facility, and if you require “skilled” care for treatment of the condition for which you were hospitalized, Medicare will pay 100% of the cost [...]

By |2020-07-28T10:57:44-04:00July 28th, 2020|Blog, Medicaid, Medicare, Nursing Home|

Rothkoff Law Group Continues to be an Educational Resource

For over fifteen years, Rothkoff Law Group has been an innovator in providing educational opportunities for both consumers and long-term care professionals regarding elder care law issues.  Although we still cannot conduct in-person education seminars, in some ways, our education outreach is greater than ever before. We continue being a resource through virtual platforms, including networking opportunities for our professional partners, private client only platforms, and  webinars performed by our experienced elder care law team, as well as expert guest panelists and speakers. Our goal has been to address [...]

By |2020-08-19T12:01:06-04:00June 8th, 2020|Around the Office, Blog|

CMS Issues Guidance on Reopening Nursing Homes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidelines on reopening nursing homes on Monday, May 18, with parameters around testing requirements and visitation — while emphasizing that nursing facilities will be among the last institutions that can safely reopen as the U.S. takes tentative steps toward moving out of COVID-19-induced lockdowns. CMS announced that states have flexibility on deciding how the criteria in the guidelines should be implemented, given the various ways the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting different communities.  Please note, these guidelines apply to reopening nursing [...]

By |2020-06-22T14:53:31-04:00May 26th, 2020|Blog, Nursing Home|

Apply for the New Coronavirus Commission

If you would like your voice heard about the future of nursing home care, here is your opportunity.  Nominations are now being accepted for the Coronavirus Commission on Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes.  You can nominate yourself or encourage others to nominate themselves.  President Trump announced the Commission on April 30th.   Its focus is to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the nursing home response to the COVID-19 pandemic and provide independent recommendations to help inform immediate and future responses to COVID-19 in nursing homes. Nominees to the commission [...]

By |2020-06-22T15:01:43-04:00May 18th, 2020|Blog, Nursing Home|
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